Board of Directors
Jack A. Fusco is a Director, and the President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Fusco has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since May 2016 and as a Director since June 2016. In addition, Mr. Fusco serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cheniere Energy Partners GP, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, Inc. (“Cheniere”) and the general partner of Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P., (“Cheniere Partners”) a publicly traded limited partnership that is operating the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. Mr. Fusco also serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC, (“Cheniere Holdings”) a publicly traded subsidiary of Cheniere. Mr. Fusco is also a Manager, President and Chief Executive Officer of the general partner of Sabine Pass LNG, L.P. and Chief Executive Officer of Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC. Mr. Fusco received recognition as Best CEO in the electric industry by Institutional Investor in 2012 as ranked by all industry analysts and for Best Investor Relations by a CEO or Chairman among all mid-cap companies by IR Magazine in 2013.
Mr. Fusco served as Chief Executive Officer of Calpine Corporation (“Calpine”) from August 2008 to May 2014 and as Executive Chairman of Calpine from May 2014 through May 11, 2016. Mr. Fusco currently serves as a Director of Calpine and has been a member of the Board of Directors since August 2008. Mr. Fusco was recruited by Calpine’s key shareholders in 2008, just as that company was emerging from bankruptcy. Calpine is now America’s largest generator of electricity from natural gas, safely and reliably meeting the needs of an economy that demands cleaner, more fuel-efficient and dependable sources of electricity. As Chief Executive Officer of Calpine, Mr. Fusco managed a team of approximately 2,300 employees and led one of the largest purchasers of natural gas in America, a successful developer of new gas-fired power generation facilities and a company that has prudently managed the inherent commodity trading and balance sheet risks associated with being a merchant power producer.
Mr. Fusco’s career of over thirty years in the energy industry began with his employment at Pacific Gas & Electric Company upon graduation from California State University, Sacramento with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1984. He joined Goldman Sachs thirteen years later as a Vice President with responsibility for commodity trading and marketing of wholesale electricity, a role that led to the creation of Orion Power Holdings, an independent power producer that Mr. Fusco helped found with backing from Goldman Sachs, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1998-2002. In 2004, he was asked to serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Genco LLC by a group of private institutional investors, and successfully managed the transition of that business from a subsidiary of a regulated utility to a strong and profitable independent company, generating a more than 5-fold return for shareholders upon its merger with NRG in 2006.
G. Andrea Botta is Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Botta has served as President of Glenco LLC, (“Glenco”) a private investment company since February 2006. Prior to joining Glenco, Mr. Botta served as Managing Director of Morgan Stanley from 1999 to February 2006. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he was President of EXOR America, Inc. (formerly IFINT-USA, Inc.) from 1993 until September 1999 and for more than five years prior thereto, Vice President of Acquisitions of IFINT-USA, Inc. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Graphic Packaging Holding Company. Mr. Botta earned a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Torino in 1976.
Vicky A. Bailey is a Director, Chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Since November 2005, Ms. Bailey has been President of Anderson Stratton International, LLC, a strategic consulting and government relations company in Washington, D.C. She was a partner with Johnston & Associates, LLC, a public relations firm in Washington, D.C., from March 2004 through October 2006. Prior to joining Johnston & Associates, LLC, Ms. Bailey served as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy and International Affairs of the U.S. Department of Energy from 2001 through February 2004. From 2000 until May 2001, she was President and a Director of PSI Energy, Inc., the Indiana electric utility subsidiary of Cinergy Corp. Prior to joining PSI Energy, Ms. Bailey was a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission beginning in 1993. Ms. Bailey currently serves as a Director of EQT Corporation, a publicly traded petroleum and natural gas exploration and pipeline company and Battelle Memorial Institute, a private nonprofit applied science and technology development company in Columbus Ohio. In January 2010, Ms. Bailey was appointed as a member of the Secretary of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. She received a B.S. in Industrial Management from Purdue University and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School in 2013.
Nuno Brandolini is a Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Brandolini was a general partner of Scorpion Capital Partners, L.P., a private equity firm organized as a small business investment company, until June 2014. Prior to forming Scorpion Capital and its predecessor firm, Scorpion Holding, Inc., in 1995, Mr. Brandolini served as Managing Director of Rosecliff, Inc., a leveraged buyout fund co-founded by Mr. Brandolini in 1993. Prior to 1993, Mr. Brandolini was a Vice President in the investment banking department of Salomon Brothers, Inc., and a Principal with the Batheus Group and Logic Capital, two venture capital firms. Mr. Brandolini began his career as an investment banker with Lazard Freres & Co. Mr. Brandolini currently serves as a Director of Lilis Energy, Inc., an oil and gas exploration and production company. Mr. Brandolini received a law degree from the University of Paris and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School.
Jonathan Christodoro is a Director and a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee. Mr. Christodoro served as a Managing Director of Icahn Capital LP, the entity through which Carl C. Icahn manages investment funds, from July 2012 to February 2017. Mr. Christodoro was responsible for identifying, analyzing and monitoring investment opportunities and portfolio companies for Icahn Capital. Prior to joining Icahn Capital, from 2007 to 2012, Mr. Christodoro served in various investment and research roles at P2 Capital Partners, LLC, Prentice Capital Management, LP and S.A.C. Capital Advisors, L.P. Mr. Christodoro began his career as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley, where he focused on merger and acquisition transactions across a variety of industries. Mr. Christodoro currently serves as a Director on the boards of: Xerox Corporation, a provider of document management solutions since June 2016; PayPal Holdings, Inc., a technology platform company that enables digital and mobile payments worldwide since July 2015; Lyft, Inc., a mobile ride-sharing application since May 2016; Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Enzon”), a biotechnology company since October 2013 and Herbalife Ltd., a nutrition company since April 2013. Mr. Christodoro has been Chairman of the Board of Enzon since November 2013. Mr. Christodoro was previously a Director of: Hologic, Inc., a supplier of diagnostic, medical imaging and surgical products, from December 2013 to March 2016; eBay Inc., a global commerce and payments company, from March 2015 to July 2015; Talisman Energy Inc., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, from December 2013 to May 2015; and American Railcar Industries, Inc. (“American Railcar”) a railcar manufacturing company, from June 2015 to February 2017. American Railcar is indirectly controlled by Carl C. Icahn. Mr. Icahn has or previously had non-controlling interests in each of Xerox, PayPal, eBay, Lyft, Hologic, Talisman, Enzon and Herbalife through the ownership of securities. Mr. Christodoro received an M.B.A. with Distinction from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management. Mr. Christodoro received a B.S. Magna Cum Laude in Applied Economics and Management with Honors Distinction in Research from Cornell University. Mr. Christodoro also served in the United States Marine Corps.
David I. Foley is a Director. Mr. Foley is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group of The Blackstone Group L.P., an investment and advisory firm (“Blackstone”), and Chief Executive Officer of Blackstone Energy Partners L.P. Prior to joining Blackstone in 1995, Mr. Foley was an employee of AEA Investors Inc., a private equity investment firm, from 1991 to 1993 and a consultant with The Monitor Company, a business management consulting firm, from 1989 to 1991. Mr. Foley currently serves as a Director of Kosmos Energy Ltd. and previously served on the Board of Directors of PBF Energy, Inc. Mr. Foley’s appointment to the Board was made pursuant to an Investors’ and Registration Rights Agreement that was entered into by Cheniere, Cheniere Partners, Blackstone CQP Holdco, LP (“Blackstone Holdco”) and various other related parties in connection with Blackstone Holdco’s purchase of Class B units in Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. Mr. Foley received a B.A. and an M.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
David B. Kilpatrick is a Director, a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Kilpatrick previously served as our Lead Director from June 2015 to January 2016. Mr. Kilpatrick has over thirty years of executive, management and operating experience in the oil and gas industry. He has been the President of Kilpatrick Energy Group, which invests in oil and gas ventures and provides executive management consulting services since 1998. Mr. Kilpatrick has served on the Board of Directors and is Chairman of the Compensation and Governance Committee of the general partner of Breitburn Energy Partners, L.P. since 2008. Since 2011, Mr. Kilpatrick has served on the Board of Managers of Woodbine Holdings, LLC, a privately held company engaged in the acquisition, development and production of oil and natural gas properties in Texas. In May 2013, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Applied Natural Gas Fuels, Inc., a producer and distributor of liquefied natural gas fuel for the transportation and industrial markets. He also served on the Board of Directors of PYR Energy Corporation, a publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company, from 2001 to 2007 and of Whittier Energy Corporation, a publicly traded oil and gas field exploration services company, from 2004 to 2007. He was the President and Chief Operating Officer for Monterey Resources, Inc., an independent oil and gas company, from 1996 to 1998 and held various positions with Santa Fe Energy Resources, an oil and gas production company from 1983 to 1996. Mr. Kilpatrick received a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Geology and Physics from Whittier College.
Samuel Merksamer is a Director, a member of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Merksamer served as a Managing Director of Icahn Capital LP, from May 2008 to December 2016. He currently serves as a Director on the boards of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., a public company engaged in the car rental business, Transocean Ltd., a public provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells, American International Group, Inc., a publicly traded insurance and financial services company and Navistar International Corporation, a publicly traded manufacturer of commercial trucks, buses, defense vehicles and engines. Mr. Merksamer was previously a director of Transocean Partners LLC from 2014 to 2016 and a Director of Hologic, Inc., a publicly traded medical products company from 2013 to 2016. Mr. Merksamer received an A.B. in Economics in 2002 from Cornell University.
Donald F. Robillard, Jr. is a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Robillard currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of ES Xplore, LLC, a direct hydrocarbon indicator technology company which in 2016, spun out of Hunt Consolidated, Inc. (“Hunt”) a private holding company with interests in oil and gas exploration and production, refining, real estate development, private equity investments and ranching. Mr. Robillard served as a Director and the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer of Hunt from July 2015 until his retirement on January 31, 2017. Mr. Robillard began his association with Hunt in 1983 as Manager of International Accounting for Hunt Oil Company, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hunt. Serving nine of his thirty-four years of service to the Hunt organization in Yemen in various accounting, finance and management positions, Mr. Robillard returned to the United States to join Hunt’s executive team in 1992. Mr. Robillard was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hunt in April 2007. Mr. Robillard is currently on the Board of Directors of Helmerich & Payne, Inc., a publicly traded oil and gas drilling company. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Financial Executives International and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Robillard received a B.B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin.
Neal A. Shear is a Director. Mr. Shear is a partner of Silverpeak Partners LP, a private investment company. Mr. Shear served as Interim Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of Cheniere from May 2016 to November 2016 and as Interim Chief Executive Officer and President of Cheniere from December 2015 to May 2016. Mr. Shear was the Chief Executive Officer of Higgs Capital Management, a commodity focused hedge fund until September 2014. Prior to Higgs Capital Management, Mr. Shear served as Global Head of Securities at UBS Investment Bank from January 2010 to March of 2011. Previously Mr. Shear was a Partner at Apollo Global Management, LLC, where he served as the Head of the Commodities Division. Prior to Apollo Global Management, Mr. Shear spent twenty-six years at Morgan Stanley serving in various roles including Head of the Commodities Division, Global Head of Fixed Income, Co-Head of Institutional Sales and Trading, and Chair of the Commodities Business. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Green Key Technologies, a financial Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) technology company. Mr. Shear received a B.S. from the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business Management in 1976 and an M.B.A. from Cornell University, Johnson School of Business in 1978.
Heather R. Zichal is a Director, a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. Ms. Zichal is currently an independent energy consultant. Ms. Zichal previously served as the Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change from January 2009 to November 2013. Prior to serving as Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, Ms. Zichal served as the Energy and Environmental Policy Director to the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. She previously served as the Legislative Director to Senator John Kerry after managing energy and environmental issues in his 2004 presidential campaign. Prior to this, Ms. Zichal served as Legislative Director for Reps. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Rush Holt (D-NJ). Ms. Zichal received a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Science from Rutgers University.